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From Barnum & Bailey to Feld: The Creative Evolution of the Greatest Show…

by Ernest Albrecht

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This reads as if it was assembled from a score of spreadsheets. I suppose such a book could be useful to someone writing or producing a slavishly accurate serial drama about the circus. Barring that it's hard to imagine a scenario wherein reporting the numbers of horses and chorus girls for every era of show is a good use of ink. You see this isn't so much a history of Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey's circus as it is an audit. It's astounding that with such a subject Albrecht can breeze past the use of dyed pigeons or the logistics of an elephant ballet, his focus never deviating from the ledger books, scheduling, acquisitions and management changes. ( )
  fundevogel | Jan 27, 2015 |
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The book was very well researched and well written. It as a bit dense at times, but overall was an interesting read about the history of, and America's love affair with, the Big Top. ( )
  bookwormgeek | Dec 30, 2014 |
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This is a very informative book! Very well researched, very well documented. It tells the history of this circus form the 1850's to the near present. A lot goes on under the big top, a lot politics as well as a lot of very hard work. Organizing the early extravaganzas was a Herculean feat! The changes in the circus are well explained, also. ( )
  bgknighton | Dec 30, 2014 |
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This wasn't what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a more bare bones or encyclopedia type book, but in fact this is a detailed account of the development of the circus. It was sometimes too in-depth for my interest level, but I could still appreciate the level of research that went in to this book. ( )
  meganelizabeth | Dec 29, 2014 |
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Both my husband and myself are long time lovers of the circus. He was even lucky enough to take part in a performance of the "Greatest Show on Earth" as a guest "clown". Therefore we both looked forward to reading this book.
We found the book well researched and interesting. The changes in the circus and the tastes of its audience over almost 150 years was a fascinating window into the changing tastes of America as a whole. Recommended for circus lovers and lovers of history. ( )
  bg853 | Dec 23, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786495243, Paperback)

Since its inception in 1872, the Greatest Show on Earth has continually transformed itself to meet changing tastes and cultural shifts. Over the course of its long existence, it has been at various times a biblical spectacle and historical pageant, a ceremonial introduction to the peoples and cultures of the world, and a fairy tale masque. It has also featured sights ranging from gladiatorial combat and aerial daredevils to oddities of nature and foolhardy wonders. This work chronicles the colorful artistry of the Greatest Show on Earth from its beginning to 2010, revealing how each of 12 changes in management brought about changes in style and content. More than 50 photographs bring the flamboyant performers and amazing spectacles to life in this informative appreciation of the circus and its evolution.

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"This work chronicles the colorful artistry of the Greatest Show on Earth from it's beginning to 2010, revealing how each of 12 changes in management brought about changes in style and content. More than 50 photographs bring the flamboyant performers and amazing spectacles to life in this informative appreciation of the circus and its evolution." -- back cover.… (more)

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